A decade ago, artificial intelligence was something we saw in the movies. Nobody ever imagined AI would become a major part of our lives. Today, there is a huge amount of hype in the world of AI and it is already being seen as a major tool in many fields. Driverless car technology is well advanced and in some countries, notably China, AI research and development is booming.
Millions of people use Alexa to turn the lights on or receive targeted online information. Alexa is believed to have around 3,000 skills already, which is pretty impressive for an AI application. Chatbots are also becoming increasingly common in the online world. IBM is using chatbots to revolutionize the HR sector. Chatbots are also very common in the e-commerce field, where they personalize our shopping experience and answer any niggling questions we might have while we shop online.
Many tech companies are exploring the use of AI as a tool. Indeed, successful entrepreneurs such as Gurbaksh Chahal are looking for the next big breakthrough in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
If you remember the Terminator movies, you will recall how the Skynet computer took over the world and sought to annihilate humankind. This may sound a bit far-fetched, but machine learning is an exciting field of exploration right now.
AlphaGo is a great example of how machines can be programmed to learn. The moment AlphaGo beat the world’s greatest human Go player, marked an exciting development in the field of AI. It proved that AI had the capability learn without explicit instructions or examples. All it needed was a large and complex neural network.
[pullquote]Animals and humans learn from experience. We perform tasks and make decisions based on the outcome.[/pullquote] If a pan is hot, we don’t touch it again. Computers can learn in a similar fashion and scientists are developing computers that learn instinctively from data and complex algorithms to produce new and more intelligent applications.
Experts like Chahal, founder of the Chahal Foundation which is a leading charity aimed at helping today’s youth and entrepreneurs, believe it won’t be long before machines take the place of statisticians and data modelers. It is an evolving industry and individuals with a strong base in STEM subjects will be at the forefront of exciting new AI developments. The machine learning field is still in its infancy, but scientists hope that in the future, computers will be able to anticipate our needs and make life easier.
Reinforcement learning is behind some of Google’s AI research. Google already uses reinforcement to boost efficiency in its data centers, but it can also be applied to driverless car technology and industrial robotics.
Generative Adversarial Networks
Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) is an extension of reinforcement learning. In GAN research, two networks work together to learn from unlabeled data. Many experts believe this is the breakthrough needed to create a super-intelligent computer.
AI pets are nothing new, but the technology has moved on from the days of Furbies. Chinese AI researchers have developed a powerful new AI therapeutic robot called PARO. The robot applies the principles of machine learning to interact with its environment. The device is currently being tested for use with dementia patients and results are very promising. In the meantime, China is pouring money into tech startups focusing on Artificial Intelligence research. In fact, the Chinese government has pledged to invest $15 billion by 2018.
AI Language Learning is another key area and there may come a time when you can have an intelligent conversation with a next generation Siri or Cortana.
Artificial Intelligence is the future. Are you ready for it?
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